This storyline is handled quite well, and becomes a more intriguing mystery as the show proceeds.
The other 'main' focus of the show deals with the complications arising from Tara's condition --- that her 'alters' have their own sexual libidos and desires, for instance, which strain Tara's marriage; that she may slip into another persona at critical moments (which sometimes turns out for the better, amusingly).
This part of the show is also handled extremely well.
There are some truly laugh-out-loud exchanges between characters, and a good deal of realistic conversation, as well. Namely, it wears it's liberalism a bit too proudly on it's sleeve not to become preachy.
Most importantly, all the characters (even the alters) all have distinct ways of explaining, presenting, and relaying information. The main place where this is evident is in the subplot through the series of Marshall (Tara's son) coming to grips with his own homosexuality as he grows up; personally, I think it's a brilliant way to toy around with the theme of identity, as it extends outside Tara's disorder.
For the most part, it's an impressively solid bit of dialogue writing. However, this subplot is handled so clumsily that it comes across as self-righteous and quite forced.
Charmaine's wedding day has arrived and she would like nothing more for the day to go off smoothly. Tara and Charmaine's parents arrive and her father is clearly suffering ...
Tara is trying to come to grips with the emergence of her new alter, Bryce. Life at the Gregson house is fast deteriorating with Tara's alter Bryce in clear control, eliminating two of her other alters.
She's upset over the disappearance of Chicken but two other alters will soon follow suit. Max is desperate to speak to Tara but Bryce will not let her emerge. 2016 marks the sixth year Peter Dinklage has been nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister on the HBO series "Game of Thrones." "No Small Parts" takes a look at some roles in his career that subverted stereotypes.Watch the video Muriel finds life in Porpoise Spit, Australia dull and spends her days alone in her room listening to Abba music and dreaming of her wedding day. See full summary » Tara, a professional woman, artist, wife and mother, diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly referred to as MPD - Multiple Personality Disorder) stops taking her medication and struggles to unite her "alters" (alternate personalities.) As the seemingly disparate portions of her psyche seek to combine and peaceably co-exist, Tara, her husband, their kids, family and friends deal with the fallout, life and various morons who do not know their schizophrenia from their MPD.The opinion on this show seems divided, mostly because the show is extremely well done, and has stellar acting and some truly clever dialogue, but is also plagued with a self-conscious need-to-be-hip which ultimately begins to feel both preachy and forced (much as happened with Six Feet Under, another Showtime project). Some people complain that it isn't an accurate portrayal of DID, and this may very well be the case; but this is a TV drama, not a documentary, and it's the depth and degree to which T. plays her characters that give this show so much strength.This is a show about one person's disorder and how it effects her family, not the whole community of people who suffer from DID.In this regard, the show is compelling and establishes a range of situational dramas that are much more original than any family-based drama has been in some while.Much of the show deals with Tara trying to figure out why it is that she suffers DID in the first place, since this condition is usually premised by something traumatic in childhood (usually sexual abuse).